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CN December 14 2017 Juan Perez, Jr.

The Trib’s Jennifer Smith Richards and Juan Perez, Jr have written a powerful two-part series on the plight of 17 neighborhood high schools that have all but emptied out over the past few years. Their report, titled Chicago’s¬†Shrinking Schools, can … Continue reading

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CN December 22 2016

Imagine the populations of Rockford, Springfield, Naperville, Aurora, Evanston, Schaumburg and Oak Park all in one place. Let’s make that place Cook County, Illinois. What if we told you that that number of people, roughly 800,000, is how many people … Continue reading

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CN Oct 20 2016

  Well, now it’s out there. Mayor Emanuel would like a third term. And he’s making the case – gingerly at first, but possibly more confidently in the future – that he’s getting Chicago’s fiscal mess under control. Bill Ruthhart … Continue reading

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CN Oct 13 2016

  Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have just had the best few days of his administration. A tentative contract with the teachers, a budget that appears to bring , for the first time in years, some fiscal stability to the city … Continue reading

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CN September 15 2016

We take a step back today to attempt a look at the big picture. And our guide is Daniel Kay Hertz, proprietor of the City Notes blog.¬† What are the big problems facing Chicago to which we’re not paying attention? … Continue reading

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CN September 1 2016

    Troy LaRaviere resigned this week from his position as principal at Blaine Elementary. That’s not big news, since he had already won election as the president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. But his resignation cleared the … Continue reading

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CN August 4 2016

  Pensions are back in the news. Mayor Emanuel wants massive increases in water and sewer fees to fund the big hole in the Municipal Employees pension plan – the fourth, last and largest of the City’s own pension funds. … Continue reading

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CN July 14 2016

  Suppose your elementary school is really overcrowded, and you think maybe a new school’s needed in the area, or at least a nice addition to your current school. How do you go about getting it? Well, there’s a process. … Continue reading

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CN June 30 2016

They did it. The government of Illinois, in an almost unheard-of period of cooperation, agreed to a budget, of sorts, that will allow Illinois schools to open in September. It’s only a six-month budget, designed, frankly, to get the elected … Continue reading

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CN June 9 2016

  How to make sense out of the catastrophic mess in Springfield. Well, the Tribune’s Kim Geiger takes a stab at it. She tells us, shockingly, that it’s politics. “This is a Democratic presidential year,” she reminds us. “Down- ballot … Continue reading

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